The last time Jason Aaron and Ron Garney teamed up together was three years ago in 2008 for the Wolverine arc Get Mystique. Not only was it a great 4 issue arc, with sensational pencils, but turned out to be one of the best Wolverine stories I’ve ever read. With that reminiscent in my mind, I was hoping for great things in this first issue of Ultimate Captain America.
The issue opens with Cap incarcerated by a figure whose face we are unable to see. There is some bickering and taunting before we are moved to a flashback six weeks prior. It appears there is a rogue super-serum on the market and being sold to North Korea, and Cap is sent with a team to infiltrate. Things go awry, and Cap ends up getting his ass handed to him by a mysterious person. Here’s a hint: it’s a classic villain from the 616 Cap’s past; Cue cliffhanger, the end.
The issue is enjoyable throughout, even if there isn’t much substance to it story-wise. We are given the inciting incident and are left with the shock of who the villain is, but we’re given no motive or overall feeling of impending doom. Hopefully this will be rectified in the next issue. Other than that the comic paces well and has enough typical Captain America action. Aaron’s writing is still well and Garney is one of the best artists in the business, so no complaints there.